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Reruns Batted In: 9 Hit Ways To Recycle Baseball Bats

Posted: 31 May 2011 11:14 AM PDT

[ By Steve in Art & Design & Home & Garden & Uncategorized. ]


Ahh, the sounds of summer! The roar of the crowd, the crack of the bat and… another bat cracks. It seems baseball bats are breaking more often than Jose Bautista hits home runs these days, and it would be a shame if all that splintered Ash and Maple goes to waste. These 9 examples of recycled baseball bats show there’s life in the old Slugger yet!

Baseball Bat Chopsticks

(images via: Hyozaemon, Rick Benedict and CawayukimonoClub)

If you think baseball bats break far too often, the carnage in the disposable wood chopstick industry is enough to make you faint. So-called “Kattobashi” address both issues in a delightfully appealing way. Crafted from broken baseball bats, Kattobashi (a Japanese word derived from the cheer “Get a big hit!”) recycled from broken Japanese pro baseball bats come trimmed with the colors and mascots of your favorite team.

(images via: Rakuten and Yahoo Japan)

Kattobashi also help keep disposed wooden chopsticks out of the trash. What happens when you accidentally break your set reaching for that last futomaki? Well, they could always be recycled into toothpicks we suppose.

Baseball Bat Wedding Rings

(images via: Earth First and Red Cheeks Girl)

Talk about entering wedded matrimony with two strikes against you! The crafty folks at Simply Wood Rings recycle all manner of previously enjoyed wood objects including baseball bats. You say you’re married to the game? Slip on one of these and we’ll believe it.

(images via: Bustle Blog and Keetsa)

Combining reclaimed and reworked wood, artistic metalwork and selected gemstones, these unique rings might not be traditional but they DO make an ideal gift, say, for one’s Sliver Anniversary. Er, that’s “Silver”.

Recycled Baseball Bat Lamp

(images via: Popular Mechanics and Rerun Productions)

Steve Bewley (above, left) is the mastermind behind Rerun Productions, located in Arroyo Grande, CA, and the word “master” does indeed come to mind when describing his recycled baseball bat lamp. It’s one of the few upcycled baseball bat items that uses an aluminum bat as its centerpiece.

(images via: The Shop On Ash)

The Shop On Ash takes a more traditional route to home enlightenment, employing broken wooden baseball bats to create some pretty nifty baseball-themed collectibles. With one of these lamps on your side table you’ll finally have it made in the shade.

Baseball Bat Art

(images via: The Art Blahg)

Baseball has been described as an art so when artists use baseball bats as working material, well, turnabout is fair play after all. This selection of bat art… that’s BAT art, highlights the talents of (clockwise from top left) David Adamo, Peter Schyuff, Alison Saar and Gary Mifflin.

Baseball Bat Bottle Opener

(images via: Amazon.com and SportsBlend)

Beer goes with baseball like a beer bottle and a bottle opener, so the concept of a recycled baseball bat beer bottle opener is about as natural as, well, The Natural. Taking a swig of your fave brew while your team’s best slugger takes a swing at a pitch? That’s the stuff dreams are made of!

(image via: My SEC Team)

Companies like Tokens & Icons take the recycled game equipment thing to a new level by offering MLB authenticated reclaimed gear. It’s pricier to be sure, but what better way to get way into the game?

Recycled Baseball Bat Rocking Chair

(image via: Uncommon Goods)

“We will, we will, ROCK YOU!”… If you’re like me, you’re sick & tired of Queen’s overused sample from “We Are The Champions” being played, and played, and… well, you get the drift. Far, far better to drift off to your own personal field of dreams in a rocking chair made from old upcycled baseball bats. It’s the next best thing to a seat in the dugout.

(image via: Fred Friar)

As cool as a rocker made from baseball bats may be, Fred Friar goes one step further by making the chair comfortable. The Louisville Slugger Rocker above is handmade using genuine Louisville Slugger Baseball Bats with contrasting Cherry or Walnut for appearance sake. The bats are taken fresh off the automatic lathe at the Slugger Bat factory in Louisville, Kentucky. It takes 40-50 hours to complete one of these rockers, which are made under a license granted by Hillerch and Bradsby Co.

Recycled Baseball Bat Mallets

(image via: Jonathan M Projects)

Once they hammered horsehide spheres out of the ballpark, today they hammer, well, anything you want! Jonathan McKinley noticed the many baseball bats that cracked, splintered or otherwise bit the dust of the on-deck circle and decided to do something about it. Thanks to his meticulous documentation, now you can too.

(image via: Jonathan M Projects)

McKinley’s mallets use either the business end of a broken bat for the mallet head or the nicely turned neck of the bat, to which he crafts a head to serve his purpose. Mallets may take a lot of abuse around the workshop but hey – so do baseball bats and their are more than enough of the latter to go around.

Broken Baseball Bat Table

(image via: Share My Craft)

Queeny3 from HGTV’s Share My Craft shares her craftsmanship with the world at large by displaying this small but strong tripod stool. Sez Queeny3, “Hubby gets lots of broken wood bats where he gives baseball instruction. So we recycled some into table legs. Got plain table round from hardware store painted it like a baseball. Then attached bats cut to same lengths on underside with table leg brackets. He uses these in his den beside his chair. Great for a kids room also.” It may not be a grand slam but at least hubby’s a hit around home plate.

Baseball Bat Salt & Pepper Shakers

(image via: Sawmill Creek)

You might cork your bat but can you salt it? Keith Palmer can, and he’s not opposed to playing a little pepper while he’s at it. Palmer, wielding his trusty wood lathe, turned an experimental Baseball Bat made by Weyerhaeuser into one of the spiciest salt shakers you’ve ever seen!

(image via: Sawmill Creek)

Palmer took on the project as a favor to his buddy who already had a similar pepper mill. Once turned, finished and detailed, he topped off the big league shaker by epoxying part of a water bottle which, along with its original cap, would act as a durable bottom stopper. Mr Palmer, take your base!


(image via: PopSci)

Since the MLB Player’s Association seems to be in no hurry to tackle the problem of broken baseball bats, we’re glad at least America’s resourceful home craftsmen are finding new and better ways to reclaim, reuse, recycle and upcycle the timber tools of the national pastime.


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My Round the World Adventure

My Round the World Adventure


Finding Life Long Friendships

Posted: 31 May 2011 09:07 AM PDT

friends in paris black and whiteI hadn’t seen Paul and Jane in over four years.

The three of us had met on the island of Ko Lipe in Thailand – a place we loved so much that we stayed a month. The three of us became close friends during that month. By the end, it was as though we had known each other for years. With my visa expiring, I was the first to leave. But, as I left the island, Paul and Jane made me promise to visit them in New Zealand. It was something I could easily do.

Four years later I finally arrived in New Zealand. Despite the amount of time that had passed, when Paul and Jane met me at the airport, it was as though there hadn’t been any time between us. All the jokes and mutual understanding we had formed on Lipe was still there.

I often feel that the “rawness” of travel can lead to instant lifelong friends. People you meet once and, in an instant, feel like you’ve known for years. As fellow travelers, we already have common bonds that make friendship between us more likely. That doesn't mean we all become the best of friends, of course, but I think traveling removes all our baggage and our history that we often carry around.

My journeys through the world have made me many close and lifelong friends. People from La Tomatina. Friends from Ios. Friends like Paul and Jane. Friends from my time in Bangkok. Friends who I haven’t in years but send me invitations to their wedding.

group dinner in ko lipe

And friends like Erik and Anne. I met them while I was in Bruges in 2009. We spent a few days tasting good Belgium beer and hit it off so well that we ended up going to Amsterdam together for a week. I saw them a few months later when I stopped in Copenhagen, but since then haven’t spoken to them much or seen them.

Yet now I’m leaving Copenhagen, having just spent the last 5 days with them. Just like with Paul and Jane, it was as though Erik, Anne and I had never been apart. The conversation flowed as easily and rapidly as it did back in 2009. We picked up right where we had left off as though time had frozen our friendship just as it was two years ago.

I don’t know how many people I’ve meet during the last five years of my travels. Too countless to begin to guess. Since you meet so many people on the road, it’s hard to keep up with all of them, especially the further away you get from your travels. Even with the best intentions, the messages can fade as separate lives begin to be lead.

group dinner in ko lipe

But sometimes you meet a Paul and Jane. Or an Erik and Anne. Or Joel. Or Matt. Or Nick. Or countless others. And it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since the last time you saw them. It doesn’t matter the last time you talked to them. Time just can’t break that bond you have. It may be months or years but whenever it is, you pick up right where you left off.

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